A ceiling of twinkling stars has been created at 12 Travelodge hotels across the UK in response to a survey on the most desirable sleeping locations.
Artist Carl Marshall and a colleague took three hours to create each cosmic panorama by hand painting individual shooting stars, milky ways and constellations, using glow-in-the-dark paint.
During the day, the ceilings look plain white, but in darkness the stars appear to twinkle and dust clouds seem to move mysteriously. The three dimensional effect of the ceiling also appears to fall towards the bed by around three feet, creating a sense of immersion.
Travelodge survey of 2,000 adults on sleeping locations revealed that the most desired place to rest their heads is under a blanket of twinkling stars, with 42% choosing a starry night sky backdrop over a tropical beach, rainforest and jungle. While more than half said that there is something magical about a starry night, one third found counting stars to be tranquil and a good sleep aid and four out of 10 reporting gaxing up at a starry sky puts them in a romantic mood.
Shakila Ahmed, spokesperson for Travelodge said that the company is constantly looking at innovative sleep aids for its guests. "Therefore in response to our latest sleep study, we took the challenge and created the ultimate outdoor sleeping experience indoors."
Neil Shah, founder of The Stress Management Society said: "The Travelodge night sky room is a great concept to help you de-stress after a long day. Focusing on something, such as a sky full of stars, which the brain is unable to consciously analyse or tune into, encourages our minds to switch off and drift into a stress free deep sleep."
The Travelodge cosmic night sky panorama hotel room is available at the following hotels:Birmingham Bull Ring, Blackpool South Shore, Bournemouth Seafront, Bristol Central Mitchell Lane, Cardiff Atlantic Wharf, Edinburgh Central Waterloo, Liverpool Strand, London City Road, Manchester Central Arena, Manchester Central Arena, Newquay and Torquay.
By Janet Harmer
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